Posts Tagged ‘know thyself’


 Pursuit of Happiness is a slippery slope for some.

 I am an incorrigible reader of news and where these are reporting human frailties my antenna goes up instantly; and with experience I know a good story even before I settle down to read it.

Take the following news for instance:

In the month of June 2012 one Patricia Smith, the former controller of an auto dealership in Pennsylvania, was headed to jail after embezzling $10 million from her former boss in a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then squandering the cash on luxuries.

Smith, who worked at Baierl Acura located in Wexford, Pa., an upper-middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, was convicted of systematically stealing for seven years–some $4,000 a day on average–for private jet travel, special trips to the theatre, fancy clothes and other goods, according to the court.

According to Shannon Pierre, of ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE, who reported on the story from court, Smith’s reason for her crime spree was she felt like a “horrible daughter, wife, mother and friend” and the gifts were a way to “earn their love” because she wanted to see “what happiness looks like.”

Oh that was a good one! Pursuit of happiness was a phrase that made sense to Patricia. Here was happiness in its lurid colors and it didn’t work for her. In fact ‘pursuit of happiness’ was not simply a catchphrase but a whole sentence. Nearing retirement age she must serve 78 months in prison, three years of probation, and pay restitution of $10,349,569.14 for the fortune she obtained by making more than 800 money transfers from the Baierl Acura’s coffers to her personal accounts. (Good Morning America, June19, 2012).

When you are among lemmings watch out. Pursuit of happiness could land you in trouble.


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Aesop sourgrapes

A Fox who was good at burrowing and digging could not find work in the woodlands. So feeling the pinch he roamed the country side. Nothing he could find to fill his belly or keep him occupied.
As for digging a well, the drought had killed his chance. Besides the head of the village advised him, “Go to the city, young man. The city has organized delivery of water here. No well-digging needed.”
So he headed towards the city.It bore the name,” City of Painted Words.” He applied for a job and got it. He stayed on. He had to work hard wading through muck with out safety gear. He asked for one and he was told,” There are so many who would die to be in your shoes. If you want work stop making demands.” Only then he realized in order to conceal unsanitary conditions the City had painted words to create a Department of Health! The more Mr. Fox worked he found salary being linked to some unexplained law of economics grew steadily smaller and smaller. In short the City had painted over the word Work to squeeze the workers before time.” He left.
Next he arrived in the City of Painted Dreams. Ill in health and seeing double the fox saw a mural. Very cleverly the vines and grapes were painted. Didn’t the city exhort him to be part of that dream! So he spent a long time to get some of the luscious grapes that seemed almost within reach. His retirement benefit plans assured him a life of ease in the Bahamas! It was in 2008 I think the whole plaster crumbled and revealing a shoddy brick wall. It was incredible it had survived that long! One million promised to him on retirement has been wiped because the company invested with Lehman Brothers. 

Mr. Fox in his old feeble condition said,” I ought to have known before I set out I was not suited to work with false promises. Hard work seems to redeem some who are far cleverer and more unscrupulous than I am.” In an imperfect world as we see one’s dream is painted over by those who put one’s hard earned pay, time health and security into jeopardy.”
Moral: Work is where you, being in control of your mind and your resources, know how to realize your dreams. Your sweat! your grapes!

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